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US slammed over 'Tibetan political criminals'
Updated: 2004-12-11 22:19

A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in Beijing Friday a resolution recently passed by the US Senate without voting on releasing the so-called Tibetan political criminals is "completely groundless."

Zhang Qiyue, the spokesperson, made the remarks in response to a reporter's question on China's stance on the resolution.

According to the reporter, some "anti-China senators" raised the resolution in May, requiring China to release the "Tibetan political criminals," including Teazin Deley.

Zhang said according to the Chinese judiciary department, Teazin Deley, also called Angag Tashi, is not a Tibetan political criminal, but the main perpetrator of an explosion on April 3, 2003, on the southeast side of Chengdu's Tianfu Plaza in southwest China's Sichuan province.

He received a death sentence with a two-year reprieve for inciting the split of the country and scheming explosions, Zhang said, adding that this sentence was passed according to law by Chinese judiciary department.

Zhang said the US Senate publicly voiced a grievance for these criminals and made "irresponsible remarks" on China's punishment on criminals. "It is behind the truth and is absolutely groundless," she said.

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